When selecting a personal defense handgun the term service grade often comes up. Service grade means that the handgun is reliable
Stag Arms makes a number of traditional gas-impingement-system rifles as well as some piston guns such as its
In 1911, the U.S. Army adopted the finest combat handgun ever fielded. The Colt Government Model of 1911, designed
When the U.S. military adopted the Colt double-action revolver with swing-out cylinder in .38 Long Colt (LC) in 1892, it soon became
There’s a reason why USSOCOM’s elite forces use the 1911 in .45 ACP: It works, plain and simple. It doesn’t
Charter Arms’ 9mm revolver, called the Pit Bull, uses a common pistol cartridge in an uncomplicated wheelgun design—an elegant
Do not equate simple and basic with cheap and low quality. The Stag Arms Model 1 is simple in that it nearly
Many women gravitate toward smaller guns, and shy away from bigger guns, because they wrongly think the bigger
Used as a military cartridge and firing the shot that began World War I, the .32 ACP is a giant of a cartridge in popularity worldwide. Designed for use in the 1900 Browning self-loader, FN of Belgium manufactured the cartridge.
I think we all agree that the 1911 handgun is among the most recognized and combat-effective handguns of all time. We also agree the 1911 is not for everyone. If cocked-and-locked carry and the need for frequent cleaning and lubrication are not something you feel like you can live with, then a GLOCK or revolver is a better choice. And the 1911 appeals to many shooters, and accommodations exist for most of us.
I have enjoyed good service with the Rock Island brand of 1911 handguns. The pistols are true to the original format and fire the authoritative.45 ACP cartridge. Armscor manufactures these handguns in the Philippine Islands. The original pistols were straight-up GI versions of the 1911, although there are also elevated examples with good features, including tactical-grade sights and improved grips.
You should think carefully about the reasons for choosing a handgun. I do my best to test and review appropriate defensive handguns. And although the pistols may not be your choices, they are reasonable choices. With the explosion of concealed carry permits, many are carrying pocket pistols that give them more comfort than performance.
The SIG Sauer P229 is widely recognized by SIG pistol fans as one of the best designed and proportioned of
As a writer, I do my dead-level best to test and evaluate every firearm that crosses my desk in a professional manner, including extensive range testing. Many of the commercial firearms are new and unproven, even when based on a proven handgun design. Every modification and new idiom must be proofed. Occasionally, I encounter a firearm that is proven more so than the rest. And then, there are the legends. For legends, there is little I may do to add or detract from the firearm’s reputation with my own test program. That is the case with the Sig Sauer P226 MK 25 or Navy Model.
Is there a best personal defense handgun? I doubt it; the competition is fierce, and many handguns have their good points. We also have personal needs and personal worst-case scenarios. As long as the handgun is a quality design, well executed with good reliability and is accurate and powerful enough for the task, the rest is up to you. My personal favorite carry gun is the 1911 single-action self-loader in .45 ACP. There are many variants, and while some are ironmongery, many are well made of good material.
When it comes to personal defense ammunition, the first criterion to meet is reliability. This criterion is closely followed by accuracy, clean burning and a good primer seal. That is the bottom line. No ballistic advantage is worth pursuing if the ammunition is not completely reliable.
Over 100 years ago, the U.S. Army adopted the John Browning designed 1911 Model .45 Automatic pistol. Proofed in the most grueling test of